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Education

  • BS - Arizona State University 1975
  • MS - Arizona State University 2003
  • PhD studies - Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) 2005 Registered Professional Engineer (California)

Areas of Interest

  • Project and Company Mangement
  • Project Controls ( Cost and Schedule )
  • Field Engineering

Publications

A Construction View of the Intermountain Power Project, co-authored with Gary T. Rose, Proceedings: 1989 Fossil Power Plant Construction Conference

Construction Technologies in Japan, Chapter 5 - Construction Field Operations and Automated Equipment, R.L. Tucker, Chairman, National Science Foundation sponsored JTEC Panel Report, June 1991

The Use of Simulation Software for a Power Plant Construction Project, co-authored with Arthur Stover, Civil Engineering Practice, Journal of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section /ASCE - Spring/Summer 1993, Volume 8, Number 1

Teaching Experience

Prior to coming to BYU-Idaho, I taught courses at both Arizona State University and
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech.) A brief summary of
the classes I was responsible for at those institutions follows.
While taking courses required for a PhD from Virginia Tech located in Blacksburg,
Virginia, I was responsible for two freshmen level courses. The focus of courses, BC
1214 - Introduction to Building Construction I (taught in the spring of 2004 and 2005)
and BC 1224 - Introduction to Building Construction II (taught in the fall of 2004), were
to introduce students to the basic building blocks of construction in terms of vocabulary,
materials, techniques and tools (both physical and management.)
I also taught two construction courses, while completing the requirements for a Masters
of Science in Construction at Arizona State University.
I was twice responsible for the capstone course (CON 455) of the Del E. Webb School of
Construction for students of senior standing. The course summarized and brought
together the subject matter that had been taught in their previous three years of
instruction. There were from 35 to 45 students in each class taught.
My goal in teaching the class was to help the students understand how their classroom
experiences had a practical application. The course work revolved around understanding
project management principles and applying them to the construction industry. Group
work and in-class discussion and "role play" experiences were used to teach principles of
responsibility and communication and to help the students develop the skills necessary to
work together in a group or team effort to accomplish a specific goal.
Several practicing construction professionals from home building, risk management and
industrial construction segments of the industry gave presentations to the class to expand
their understanding of the industry. The students were required to summarize and
comment on each of the presentations to help develop their listening and critical analysis
skills.
The final assignment in the class was a group project (of up to 4 students each) where the
various groups were given a real world project and required to prepare a project
execution plan. These plans were approximately 15 pages in length and provided an
outline of safety and quality plans that addressed the project's specific needs and
challenges, a site layout, management and staffing plans and elementary schedule and
equipment requirements. Each group gave a formal presentation of their respective
execution plans and answered questions from other class members and the instructor.
This simulated the type of presentation they would ultimately be required to give to
prospective clients and evaluation teams.
During the fall semester of 2002 I was responsible for teaching Construction Methods,
Materials and Equipment (CON 242). There were 40 + students in the class.
Primarily taken during the sophomore year, this course introduced the students to basic
construction terminology while presenting the materials and equipment that are used in
construction and the methods by which these materials and equipment are used to
construct buildings, homes and industrial facilities.
The course objective was for the students to obtain a basic understanding of the materials
and equipment used in building construction and the various methods used in their
installation and for the student to become more familiar with construction terminology.
This included gaining an understanding of the Construction Specifications Institute's 16
division Masterformat standard. Class discussions, outside reading, group and individual
projects and presentations, in addition to homework, were designed to support the class
objective.

Industrial Experience - Summary:

Twenty-six (26) years experience in project, construction and contract management of power
plant, refinery, telecommunications projects and research and development with various Bechtel
entities.
I held positions of Field Engineer, Contract Engineer, Contract Manager, Project Superintendent,
Manager of Bechtel's Construction Technology Group of Bechtel's Research and Development
Organization, Field Construction Manager, Project Manager, Director of Operations and
President of a Brazilian Joint Venture Telecommunications company. While manager of
Construction Technology I made presentations at Stanford University, Arizona State University,
University of Texas - Austin and Purdue University (among others) and represented Bechtel as
Task Force Member of the CII (Construction Industry Institute at University of Texas at Austin)
and CIFE (Center for Integrated Facility Engineering at Stanford University). I also was a
member of a NSF funded group which studied the status of the Japanese construction industry in
the early 1990's. Please see the publications outlined below.
I returned to Arizona State University in August 2001 to earn a Masters degree in Construction
to prepare myself to teach at the university level.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Registered Civil Engineer, California, License C-32002
Current reviewer of professional papers submitted to various ASCE publications.


PUBLICATIONS:

A Construction View of the Intermountain Power Project, co-authored with Gary T. Rose, Proceedings: 1989 Fossil Power Plant Construction Conference

 Construction Technologies In Japan, Chapter 5 - Construction Field Operations and Automated Equipment, R. L. Tucker, Chairman, National Science Foundation sponsored JTEC Panel Report, June, 1991

The Use of Simulation Software for a Power Plant Construction Project, co-authored with Arthur Stover, Civil Engineering Practice, Journal of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE - Spring/Summer 1993, Volume 8 Number 1

Thesis entitled "THE IMPACT OF TRAINED CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS ON
PROJECT PERFORMANCE".  The hypothesis, that training positively affects project success,
is being tested through the evaluation of recent construction projects using bivariate and
multivariate statistical evaluation techniques.


LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES:
Read, write and speak fluent Portuguese


EXPERIENCE DETAIL:
I retired from Bechtel Telecommunications. My last assignment (through May 4, 2001) was as
Bechtel Construction Manager of the Western Integrated Networks Project (WIN). I was
responsible for the construction effort in Dallas, Texas and Sacramento, California. For a fourmonth
interval I was also the Acting Sacramento Market Manager. During this time we
developed and implemented the processes (engineering, procurement, construction, safety,
project controls, contracts administration, document control, etc.) that will be used on all future
WIN fiber optic city builds throughout the Western United States.
From May 1998 to July 2000 I served as the Operations Director of a joint venture company,
Bechtel Método Telcom, Ltda. (BMT) located in São Paulo, Brazil. BMT is a limited
partnership formed between Método (a Brazilian construction engineering firm) and Bechtel.
BMT provides construction and construction management services to the Brazilian
Telecommunication Industry. My responsibilities included all field operations (design;
procurement; construction, contract and project management and the company's on-going
management training program) and providing support to Business Development and Marketing
in the areas of presentations and bid preparation. For the final 10 months of my assignment I
also served as the President of the company. While President, in addition to the operations
responsibilities, I was responsible for coordinating and interfacing with both Joint Venture
partners and for providing direction and approval to all company operations including marketing,
engineering, human resources and finance and accounting.
I was assigned to Bechtel's Sprint PCS cellular telephone project from December 1995 until May
1998. Over a two year period the design, procurement and construction of over 2800 cellular
phone sites was accomplished throughout the United States of America. In my first area of
responsibility on this project I was the Field Construction Manager responsible for the Seattle,
Washington market. I relocated to the Pleasanton Regional office in July 1996 as the Western
Region Construction Manager and in October 1996 was promoted to Western Regional
Operations Manager. In this capacity, I was responsible for the management of over 170 Bechtel
employees, 52 architect engineering firms and 97 construction firms in eight different cities in
the western United States and for direct interface with management of both Lucent Technologies
and Sprint PCS. In November 1997, I became the CM Project Manager and was responsible for
the entire project, consisting of 17 major metropolitan areas in the United States.
From December 1993 until December 1995, I was assigned to the Shell Oil Company Clean
Fuels Project at Martinez, California. For the first four months I was the construction interface
representative at R. M. Parson's Glendale, California, office. In April 1994, I moved to the job
site and became Area Superintendent for all off-site construction - union and non-union
subcontract and direct hire work, valued at over $400 million. In this assignment I had
responsibility for cost, schedule, quality and safety. At peak, approximately 700 craft were
involved in offsite construction of interconnecting pipe and electrical, pipe racks, flare and flare
compressors and a 100MW gas-fired co-generation power plant.
Early inn 1993, I became the Project Manager for start-up coordination and verification at the
Carbon II Power Plant (Piedras Negras, Mexico). During this time I also directed preparation of
proposals for power plant construction and provided construction input to Bechtel Civil and
Petroleum proposals prepared in Bechtel's Norwalk, California office.
From July 1991 until February 1993, I was the Site Manager (Senior On-Site Bechtel employee)
for construction of an 83 MW (net) circulating fluidized bed boiler electric generating facility
located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The project included coal handling, crushing, cooling
water and ash handling systems. It was completed ahead of the 25 1/2-month design,
construction and start-up schedule. In this capacity, I was responsible for all site construction
activities and support functions (Finance and Accounting, Procurement, Field Engineering,
Safety, Project Controls), site client interface and local public relations.
The previous two years I was the Manager of Bechtel's Construction Technologies group located
in the San Francisco corporate office. In this capacity I was involved in the development of
processes, hardware and systems for improvement of the Bechtel construction effort. Working
closely with Bechtel's Engineering Technologies group, I coordinated the effort to monitor,
evaluate and disseminate domestic and international developments for construction technologies.
During this assignment I was a member of a National Science Foundation investigative team
which visited and reported on construction technology development and its use in Japan. I also
served as Bechtel's representative on the Construction Industry Institute's Automation Task
Force.
Prior to being assigned to corporate headquarters in San Francisco, I was the project
superintendent at the Basic American Foods co-generation plant (120 MW net) located in King
City, California. In this role I was in charge of all direct hire construction work, including
quality, safety, cost and scheduling and labor relations and provided guidance to craft
superintendents regarding methods, sequencing, work planning and execution.
I was assigned to the Bechtel Construction Management team at the Intermountain Power Project
from August 1982 until August 1988. Serving almost four years as the Field Contracts Manager,
I had responsibility for the commercial administration of sixty-three contracts. Major contracts
included the installation of two 800 MW (net) General Electric turbines, coal handling and
crushing facilities, Babcock and Wilcox boilers (6.1 million pounds / hour) and ash handling
facilities. Over 8 million cubic yards of excavation and backfill was performed, 500,000 cubic
yards of concrete placed, 72,000 tons of structural steel erected and 13,000,000 feet of wire and
cable installed and 615,000 linear feet of pipe hung on this project. The project included over 9
miles of twin 48 inch diameter pre-cast concrete intake pipe, over 450 acres of reservoir and
effluent ponds and associated ash slurry pipe, and coal handling equipment including conveyor
belt systems capable of handling up to 6,000 tons per hour of coal. In January of 1987, I was
promoted to Field Construction Manager, where I was responsible for dealing with site
contractors and project owner and operator during the completion phase of the project. I
completed the assignment at IPP as the Assistant Site Construction Manager of an integrated
project team that consisted of personnel from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
(LADWP), Black and Veatch and Bechtel Construction. In this capacity I reported to the Site
Manager (an employee of LADWP), directed the electrical and mechanical activities of this
multi-company integrated organization and was responsible for all commercial administration
and civil design at the facility.
From January 1976 until August 1982 I held various responsibilities at the San Onofre Nuclear
Generating Station, Units 2 and 3, at San Clemente, California. Initially I was responsible for the
planning, implementation and final inspection of concrete placements over a seven-month
period. I was then given the responsibility of directing the field design, engineering and
inspection of the two unit's containment exterior walls and domes, in addition to the fuel
handling building. For almost two years I served as the Senior Field Engineer supervising the
work of all civil construction field engineers and assisting the civil craft superintendents. This
included assisting in the preparation for and placement of major Nuclear Steam Supply System
equipment including reactor vessels, steam generators and associated coolant pumps and all
associated grouting. For eighteen months I was the assistant civil superintendent monitoring and
directing civil crafts (over 500 individuals) and coordinating work with other disciplines and
superintendents. I then was the contract superintendent responsible for all thermal insulation and
then electrical superintendent for Unit 3 containment structure. My assignment at San Onofre
completed as the Discipline Contracts Superintendent, where I was responsible for field
operations of all site contractors, during the successful start-up phase of Unit 2 and into the
beginning of the start-up of Unit 3.
I started with Bechtel at the Cholla Power Plant (Units 2, 3 and 4) as a field contracts engineer.
During this six-month assignment I monitored work performance and contract compliance of
heating, ventilating and air conditioning, elevator roofing, pile driving and chimney
subcontractors and related activities.
Before beginning college I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
in Brazil and worked on various road construction projects in and around Salt Lake City, Utah.